Two CCM students are among the University of Cincinnati’s 13 incoming freshmen awarded full, $88,000 Cincinnatus Presidential scholarships. Since 1997, UC’s Cincinnatus Scholarship Program has provided different levels of awards for academic achievement, leadership and commitment to community service. As part of their scholarship commitment, each scholarship recipient will perform 30 hours of community service each year. The full, $88,000 awards cover tuition, fees, room and board and books.

Michael Dudley and Christa Iwu recently spoke with UC’s Dawn Fuller about why they chose UC’s College-Conservatory of music to pursue their studies.

Michael Dudley

Michael Dudley

Michael Dudley – The 18-year-old resident of Liberty Township, Ohio, is a graduate of Lakota East High School. The National Achievement Finalist is majoring in commercial music production at CCM. “I have always had a passion for music,” says Dudley. “However, recently, I have been fascinated with composition, arranging and recording. I visited several other high-caliber music schools, and CCM was the school I felt fit me and my needs the most.” Dudley has earned numerous awards in music at his school, community and national level. He has also been honored for his academic achievements, including his performance on the National Latin Exam. His dedication to service included participation in the Youth Arts Council of West Chester and Liberty, for which he planned and participated in events to educate and promote the arts in his community. Dudley also comes from a family of Bearcats – his mother, Cheryl, father, Michael, and cousin, Michael Meadows, all attended UC. “I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and greeting old friends at UC. I know many people who currently attend UC, and I am looking forward to being close to them again,” says Dudley.

Christa Iwu

Christa Iwu

Christa Iwu – The 18-year-old resident of Louisville, Ky., is a graduate of Dupont Manual Magnet High School. She will be majoring in electronic media at CCM. “I have always been interested in the relationship between the arts and technology, and my magnet teachers really showed me that I could pursue that after high school,” says Iwu. She was editor-in-chief of her high school yearbook and assisted in the design of her school’s literary magazine. Iwu also excelled in academics and athletics. She was a National Spanish Exam bronze medalist and was a member of her varsity soccer team. Her service activities included volunteering at the Southeast YMCA and coordinating a benefit concert for the Save Darfur Foundation. As she looks ahead to joining the Bearcats community, she says, “I look forward to the concentrated e-media environment, the broad range of liberal arts classes available and the new experiences I will encounter.”

Learn more about UC’s full-scholarship recipients for 2012 here.

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